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“‘We’re not doctors’: The perils for journalists in assessing Trump’s mental health” – Washington Post

Untitled design (4)When President Trump bizarrely declared himself a “very stable genius” on Twitter last weekend, he opened a door for journalists who cover him.

Whether they should rush through it, arms waving and warning about the dangers of a mad ruler, remains a question.

There’s a fine line between taking up — in reporting and commentary — Trump’s fitness for office and outright speculating that he is mentally ill.

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9 Signs of Borderline Personality Disorder You Shouldn’t Ignore

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People with borderline personality disorder deal with instability in almost every area of their lives – their relationships, their identity, and their actions. They have a hard time holding back their emotions, which means glowing positivity can quickly turn to outrage. BFD can be confused with bipolar disorder, which affects mood rather than personality.

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“Is Something Neurologically Wrong With Donald Trump?” – The Atlantic

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President Donald Trump’s decision to brag in a tweet about the size of his “nuclear button” compared with North Korea’s was widely condemned as bellicose and reckless. The comments are also part of a larger pattern of odd and often alarming behavior for a person in the nation’s highest office.Trump’s grandiosity and impulsivity has made him a constant subject of speculation among those concerned with his mental health. But after more than a year of talking to doctors and researchers about whether and how the cognitive sciences could offer a lens to explain Trump’s behavior, I’ve come to believe there should be a role for professional evaluation beyond speculating from afar.I’m not alone. Viewers of Trump’s recent speeches have begun noticing minor abnormalities in his movements.

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“3 psychologists explain why men harass women in the workplace” – CNBC

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Sexual harassment in the workplace is hardly a new phenomenon, but the deluge of disturbing allegations of sexual assault and harassment by powerful, high-profile men has prompted an increasing number of women to come forward with stories of how harassment has impacted their careers.

CNBC Make It spoke with three psychologists to break down the possible psychological motivations behind why men harass and abuse their female coworkers.

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“Why Would High-Powered Men Masturbate In Front Of Women?” – Forbes

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On Friday, comedian Louis C.K. issued a statement confirming the accounts of five women in The New York Times who accused him of sexual misconduct, including masturbating in front of some of them. Here’s an excerpt:

These stories are true. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was okay because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them. The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.

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“The Presidential Physical Test” – US News

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We know what President Trump thinks about kneeling during the national anthem. His umpteenth derisive tweet about the NFL came Thursday as he declared, “The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can’t kneel during our National Anthem!”

Inadvertently it raises an unrelated kidding-on-the-square question: Is Trump himself actually able to kneel, whatever his intent, be it proposing marriage, thanking Hillary Clinton for an awful campaign or discussing political strategy with pro bono cheerleader Sean Hannity?

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“These Psychology-Backed Workouts Are the Best Way to Ease Anxiety” – Cheat Sheet

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Physical and mental health verifiably complement one another, so it should come as no surprise that the key to easing mental anxiety is both restorative and invigorating exercise. Anxiety is the most common mental disorder and affects 18% of adults in the U.S.

Psychiatrists recommend various exercises to lessen your anxiety. If you find that you’re still suffering from anxious thoughts despite medication, therapy, and meditation, these exercises can help.

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“The Science Of Spirituality: A Psychologist And A Neuroscientist Explain Being ‘In The Flow'” – Forbes

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Spirituality has been making an interesting comeback in recent years, or perhaps an entrée into the mainstream, with a new generation of young gurus and “spirit junkies” making it hip to be spiritual. Many of the lessons draw from religious tradition, yogic philosophy and meditation, and the idea of a greater, or universal, consciousness. One concept that’s been central, now and in some traditions over the millennia, is the idea of getting out of our own way, or giving up control to some higher power/consciousness/energy, whatever that may be. In other words, being “in the flow.”

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“TRUMP’S CHAMPAGNE CABINET GETS ITS OWN TRAVELGATE” – Vanity Fair

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They may love the president but they sure hate flying commercial.

The Trump cabinet is bound by two enduring values: faith in their leader and a pathological aversion to fly commercial.

Thursday’s latest disclosures suggest why Washington editors should hire both journalists and air traffic controllers in the uphill battle of proving to a doubting America that the press plays a salutary role.

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“The 5 Types of Anxiety Disorders You Need to Know About” – Health

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There’s more than one kind of anxiety. Here, experts provide an overview of panic disorder, social anxiety, OCD, and more.

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“Anxiety” is often used as a catch-all term for worrisome thoughts. But the reality is, there’s more than one type of anxiety—and each has different symptoms.

Identifying the types can be tricky, in part because it’s possible to experience more than one at the same time. “A lot [of the types] overlap in my clinical practice,” says Elizabeth Ochoa, PhD, a chief psychologist at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City. Someone with generalized anxiety disorder may also suffer from panic attacks, for example; while a person who has social anxiety could also exhibit symptoms of OCD.

To shed light on the various types of anxiety, we asked experts to highlight the unique signs to look for. Below is an overview of the five most common disorders.

But if you suspect you (or a loved one) might suffer from anxiety, an evaluation from a mental health professional can help you find out for sure, and determine the best course of treatment.

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